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Dog Books for Young Adults

Is there anything better than a good book? How about a good book that features a dog! This week, we’re sharing five of our favorite books for young adults – or those who are young at heart! – who love dogs as much as we do.

  1. Because of Winn-Dixie by Katie DiCamillo. When India Opal Buloni finds a dog at the local Winn-Dixie supermarket, her summer starts to change for the better. We’ve mentioned this book before, but we’ll mention it again because author Katie DiCamillo lives in South Minneapolis!
  2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Fifteen-year-old Christopher understands dogs, but his autism leaves him deaf to the nuances of people. When he stumbles across the body of his neighbor’s dead poodle, he decides to investigate. What he doesn’t expect is to uncover an even more devastating mystery.
  3. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, Book One) by Patrick Ness. Todd Hewitt is a boy, just a month shy from becoming a man. He’s the only boy in a town of men, and, because of a germ called “Noise,” they can all hear each other’s thoughts. Todd decides to flee with only his dog – and Todd can hear his voice, too.
  4. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. In this book, a boy named Jack learns to find his voice with a little help from a pencil, yellow paper, his teacher, and a dog.
  5. Ellie’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron. Ellie is a special dog with a very special future ahead of her. Ever since she was a puppy, she’s been training as a search-and-rescue dog. But Ellie does far more than that, especially for the people she loves most.


Do you have a younger reader who wants to learn more about having a pet? The Abby the Labby Books by Ashley K. Voris introduce young kids to what it means to have a pet in your life, including the responsibilities involved.

Want more book recommendations? Check out our favorite classics and beach reads!

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